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BETULA ermanii 'Blush' 
This very fine selection has distinct pink to orange peeling bark and rich deep yellow autumn colour.

BETULA ermanii 'Fincham Cream'
A lovely selection with the typical exfoliating bark and graceful habit of the group. This one reveals a lovely creamy bark as the older layers peel away. We have chosen this one to plant out in a couple of groups which I am sure will look spectacular as they mature. 

BETULA ermanii 'Forrest Blush'
I have previously listed this under B. utilis, but it seems that it has now been moved into B. ermanii. Visually it doesn't sit perfectly with either species, which accounts for the confusion. Renowned plant hunter George Forrest originally introduced this pretty small tree which develops a satiny white bark, flushed with pink. The leaves are small and glossy and noticeably ribbed, whilst showy catkins are freely produced in spring. Free branching from low down, this distinctive selection is fast becoming one of my favourites.

BETULA ermanii 'Grayswood Hill'
This very fine selection, originally obtained from the Savill Gardens at Windsor, has distinct pink to orange peeling bark and rich deep yellow autumn colour.

BETULA ermanii 'Hakkoda Orange'
Originally collected on Mount Hakkoda, northern Honshu, Japan; this selection reveals noticeably more orange bark, and this colouring is reflected in the autumn foliage too. A vigorous grower.

BETULA ermanii 'Mount Apoi'

See B. apoiensis 'Mount Apoi'

BETULA ermanii 'Mount Zao'
Selected at Stone Lane Gardens, this cultivar is quite unique. A greater amount of purple in the bark, coupled with prominent horizontal bands of lenticels creates a dramatic striped appearance to the bark. 

BETULA ermanii 'Pendula'
This lovely graceful tree is much less vigorous than most birch. Unlike some weeping cultivars, it produces a leader, and it is the side branches which weep. Lovely yellow autumn colours and sparkling creamy-white bark complete the display.

BETULA 'Fetisowii'
The pale tan bark is almost the colour of chamois leather, and is covered with a snowy bloom. Thought to be a wild hybrid, this is such a lovely tree and it has good vigour, usually growing larger than many ornamental birch. For me this is a wonderful alternative to the rather cold predictability of the classic whites; the bark peels differently. In fact I would describe this one as flaking rather than peeling.

BETULA globispica
An extremely rare but fast-growing species from central Japan with pink and white flaking bark and broad oval leaves.

BETULA 'Hergest'
Anyone who has visited Hergest Croft Gardens in Herefordshire will be familiar with this majestic tree. Although it occurred there as a self-sown seedling, it is assumed to be derived from B. albosinensis and is listed as a cultivar of that species by some authorities. Showy white lenticels sparkle against the light coppery-brown young wood. This then matures to a warm pinkish-cream, seeming to glow beneath wavy-edged, heart shaped leaves. Indeed the base of mature trees can appear surprisingly white.  

BETULA medwediewii 'Gold Bark'
The species hails from the harsh conditions of the Transcaucasus, so you know this one is going to be tough. Although likely to grow larger in the better conditions of cultivation than in the wild, this is still only ever a large shrub or small shrubby tree. It tends to be one of the more colourful birch species in the autumn, but the greatest asset of this cultivar is golden brown bark. Anything less like the archetypal white-barked birch would be hard to imagine!

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